Ivory Coast Reinforce its Northern Borders Security Following Mali Attack
Abidjan – The Ivory Coast has sent reinforcements to tighten control of its northern border, following the attack on Sunday by jihadists in Mali, some 20 km from the Ivorian border .
According to the spokesman of the Ivorian government, Bruno Koné, ‘reinforcements were sent to the north of Ivory Coast after the attack by jihadists Sunday in Mali, 20 km from the Ivorian border.’ ‘
Without providing details on the composition and the number of troops sent in the north of the country, for ‘security reasons”, Mr. Kone noted that his country is organized to avoid being hit by the jihadist threat.
It should be recalled that jihadists briefly took control on Sunday of the Malian city of Fakola, located 20 km from the Ivorian border, burning many administrative buildings before being driven out by the Malian army.
Following this attack, MP Pierre Gaho Oulatta, President of the Commission of security and defense in the National Assembly said that “jihadis are on our doorstep. This is worrying, it’s scary. It is a threat real on Ivory Coast, a secular country. ”
And enforce such new “puts people in fear, terror”, given “the enormous porosity” of the Ivorian-Malian land border, prompting the authorities to take “precautionary measures and to so this does not come to raise a voltage hairpin, a few months of the presidential and parliamentary elections in October. ”
According to the Ivorian authorities, the jihadist threat is now very low inIvory Coast.